Get your own Vortx® Mini-Wishing Well
If you have had fun tossing coins into our large Spiral Wishing Wells that raise money for charity, you will love the fun you can have with your own Mini-Well. Coins spin just as fast when you drop and watch them, or you can play coin-spinning games and make the coins CLIMB BACK UP THE FUNNEL!
- Great for show-and-tell and science projects!
- Learn all about the physics!
- Encourages saving money!
- Makes a great gift!
- No batteries needed!
- No moving parts!
- FUN, FUN, FUN
- Coins are dropped onto the launching ramps and then spin around the Vortx® in a spiraling motion, gaining speed until they finally disappear into the base, which holds approximately $40 worth of assorted coins. The coins put on an exciting show as they bob and weave and race each other around the smooth trackless surface.
- Marbles or other small round objects are also great fun. In fact, they roll longer because they have a lower center of gravity. With the snap-on lid removed from the base, the child can continue to "re-drop" the same coins or marbles over and over.
- Because of the physics of the Vortx®, the coins do not fall over until they're deep into the nearly vertical walls at the bottom. It's a great educational device. You can even join the Vortx® Club and get a lifetime membership button and additional information which describes the vortex phenomenon as it occurs in nature (tornados and water going down the drain). It's great for classroom education projects too. The Vortx® Club membership costs $3 if ordered at the same time as a Vortx®. (see below).
- Made of tough polypropylene
- Dimensions: The rim of the cone is 9 1/2" (24.13cm) in diameter and 8 1/2" (21.59cm) tall, the base is 6 1/2" (16.51cm) in diameter, and the top of the coin ramp is 14 3/4" (37.47cm) tall.
- Invented and Patented by Divnick International, Inc. Design Patent 289,218 and Utility Patent 4,762,512 (link at the bottom of this page)
There are several games and experiments you can perform with the Vortx®, but the most popular is called "coin-limbo" where you let the coin descend down the throat of the funnel, and then make it climb back up by moving the Vortx® in a circular motion as demonstrated in the movie clip shown above.
With this game, you are actually creating centrifugal force that makes the coin climb. The lower you let the coin descend down the throat, the more challenging it is to make it climb back up without allowing it to fall over. No matter what your age or skill level, you can challenge yourself. NO ONE can let it go all the way to the bottom and make it climb again!!!
Coin Spinning Record: You can keep a coin spinning as long as your coordination lasts using the same circular motion as with the Coin Limbo game. During a high school "Spin-a-thon" the coin spinning world record was set by Rick Swartz at 33 hours and 16 minutes! The students got pledges of $1 per hour and raised several thousand dollars for their school project. We can help you do that in your school too. Just ask.
Get a movie clip of YOU on our website!
If you are really skilled, you can try to keep two coins spinning at a time. In opposite directions! WOW, that would be difficult. Or turn the funnel upside down while the coin is spinning! Only the most coordinated athletes in the world can accomplish that. If you can keep two coins spinning at a time, even if in the same direction, please send us a movie clip and we'll put it on our website. If you can spin two coins in opposite directions, even better. Or, if you can keep a coin spinning with the funnel upside down, we'll put that on the site too. In other words, send us a digital movie of your tricks! Contact us if you have something to send.
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Best Sensory Toy for Children with Autism or Aspergers
"The Vortx is the best toy for autistic children I have ever seen. My daughter is fascinated by the spinning coins and it is clearly her favorite toy. I like it because it gets her involved in the activity and helps develop her coordination and dexterity."
Mary Elizabeth Johnson
Great Birthday Party Ideas
Teach your children that it is better to give than to receive!
Michael will never forget his 5th birthday.
His mom planned a party theme like a travel adventure to Thailand complete with captain hats, security checks, a boarding area, tower chatter, customs and immigration processing, and surrounding props that would make Hollywood proud.
In lieu of gifts, his friends brought coins to put into two Vortx toy banks to raise money for, "Pennies for Peace" to help build schools and buy supplies for kids in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Mom Jennifer writes, "Thank you for the spiral wishing well toys. They were a big hit at the party. We ended up collecting $115.05 for the "Pennies for Peace" organization. A friend of mine is borrowing the toys this next weekend for her son's party for a different charity."
After the party, Michael said, "I liked flying and having fun with my friends. I felt good donating all my pennies to help the kids build their schools."
We think this is a wonderful trend. You might not create a masterpiece theme like Jen did, but you can teach your child a great lesson by making his or her birthday party a time to give to those less fortunate in lieu of normal gifts.
We would love to feature your story and pictures too.
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BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEA
Consider getting a large floor model Well, use it for your birthday event, and then donate it to a local charity! Your son or daughter can then "track the income" and have a sense of participation in the ongoing income and charity for many years to come. You could even put a brass engraved plate on the rim that says, "This Well is sponsored by (your son or daughter's name)." This could become the focus of a project throughout their youth and into adulthood.
A family in Ohio did exactly that. Rather than have a birthday with traditional wrapped gifts, they invited everyone to "bring all your loose change from home" and during the party, they took it to a local Kroger Grocery Store where they had placed a Well for the local Food Bank (pictured). They also divided into teams with the goal of purchasing as close to $50 worth of groceries as possible. One team got it right to the penny! The result was as follows:
- $591.26 worth of coins
- $300 worth of groceries
- Lots of fun!
If you are interested in this idea, we will provide a significant discount or grant for you. Please contact us for more information, or call 1-937-384-0003 (Eastern USA).
Every week in the USA there are:
- 5,890,775 birthdays
- 41,154 weddings
- Birthdays are the number 1 reason people celebrate
- $832 is the AVERAGE amount spent annually on holiday gifts
Source: Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza, Dayton Daily News
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